Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has summoned Nduka Obagbena, chairman and editor-in-chief of Thisday Media Group and Arise TV, to deliver the order.
Dabiri-Erewa made the statement via his official Twitter profile on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, accusing station presenter Ayo Maro-Ese of referring to Nigerian youths as cults and drug traffickers on his broadcasts.
Miro-Esse analyzes controversial comments by UK-based Nigerian YouTuber, Md Tiamiyu, against Nigerian students in the United Kingdom, accusing both President Muhammadu Buhari and Dabiri-Erewa of demarketing Nigeria.
She said, “I don’t know why Nigerians like to demarket Nigeria on the international scene. Take it back to 2016, our President, the Chief Ambassador to Nigeria, described Nigerians as largely lazy and said that the United Kingdom Young people should not be sheltered as some of the Nigerians are criminals.
“Chairman of NiDCOM, Nigerians in Overseas Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri had referred to Nigerian youths as cultists and drug dealers, some of them. So, what Amy Tiamiyu is saying is what some politicians have said.”
Responding to the allegation, Dabiri who worked as a broadcast journalist for years before joining politics said that the Arise TV anchor is ruining the broadcasting profession.
“I have worked hard to get where I am today, and if women think your age is nowhere and achievements are the only way to bring you down, then they will meet their Waterloo!” Nduka Obaigbena wrote in Had better call @ARISetv for ordering girls to ruin the broadcasting profession” she said.
In another tweet, Dabir-Ereva said she barely watches the Arize TV morning show and doesn’t know the women anchoring the show.